E-reading soars at Oakridge Middle School in Lake Wylie

news@lakewyliepilot.comJune 24, 2013 

— For this summer’s reading program, Oakridge Middle School is offering a novel solution to get students to read – Nook tablets.

Eagles’ Summer Soar is a pilot program.

“In the past, a reading list was put together and presented, but the kids were not very enthusiastic,” said media specialist Kathy Corbiere.

Corbiere suggested something new this year – free choice of book titles.

“The purpose of the summer reading program is not just to get the kids to read, but to keep their brains engaged,” she said.

Using a Clover LEAF grant, 12 rising seventh-graders were picked by their English language arts teachers to participate in the program. When presented with the Barnes and Noble electronic book inventory, “the kids chose 96 unique titles; only 24 were the same,” Corbiere said.

“We can’t just find one to five titles to engage all the students,” she said.

Ryan Weber, community relations manager for Barnes and Noble in Pineville, N.C., showed the students how to choose and download 10 books. Because the titles chosen ranged from young adult through adult, parent permission was needed.

“I like this because I can read whenever I want,” said Devin Bassett, 11, who says he leans toward nonfiction war stories, adding he mostly reads at night. “The first book I am reading is about a dog in Afghanistan and the soldier who he makes friends with.”

One advantage to electronic books is being able to adjust the type size.

“I think it will help kids read more,” Bassett said. “ If you don’t like the number of words on the page, you can make the words larger so reading is easier.”

Accountability is an important part of the program. Corbiere has set up a blog on the Clover School District website under the Oakridge/Eagle Summer Soar link.

“I supply the prompts, the kids are asked to blog about their reading each Monday,” she said.

OMS is hoping to break last year’s Scholastic Read for the World Record minutes.

“Every Oakridge student set a goal for this summer’s reading program,” Corbiere said. “The school’s goal of 1,300,000 minutes is our hope to better last year’s eighth-in-the-world ranking.”

To encourage all students to continue reading through the summer, the school is hosting Open Library nights with a hot dog cook out tonight, July 16 and 23, and Aug. 6.

On July 22, Nook participants will gather at the Barnes and Noble store to talk about their experiences.

Once the summer program is completed, the Nooks will become part of the school’s library to circulate as a part of the collection.

“If you see they have an interest,” Corbiere said, “you can guide them” to reading for a lifetime, and not just for summer fun.

The list

Oakridge Middle School students in the summer reading pilot program chose the following titles:

“1001 nights in Iraq,” Kenderian

“The 5th Wave,” Yancey

“An American Soldier in WWI,” Brown

“Among the Barons,” Haddix

“Among the Betrayed,” Haddix

“Among the Brave,” Haddix

“Among the Enemy,” Haddix

“Among the Free,” Haddix

“Among the Hidden,” Haddix

“Among the impostors,” Haddix

“An Army at Dawn,” Atkinson

“Anne of Green Gables,” Montgomery

“The Antidote,” Dorsey

“Ashfall,” Mullin

“Between Shades of Gray,” Sepetys

“Bloody Rose,” Dorsey

“The Book of Blood and Shadow,” Wasserman

“The Book Thief,” Zusak

“The Boy in Striped Pyjamas,” Boyne

“Brian’s Return,” Paulsen

“Brian’s Winter,” Paulsen

“The Call of the Wild,” London

“Catching Fire,” Collins

“A Chain of Thunder,” Shaara

“Cinder,” Meyer

“City of Orphans,” Ruth

“Cracker!,” Kadohata

“The Diary of a Young Girl,” Frank

“Distant Waves,” Weyn

“Divergent,” Roth

“The Duck Commander Family,” Robertson

“Fault in Our Stars,” Green

“Flawless,” Shepard

“Ghosts of War,” Smithson

“Gingersnap,” Giff

“Gone,” Grant

“The Guns at Last Light,” Atkinson

“Hold Fast,” Balliett

“Hunger Games,” Collins

“I am Number Four,” Lore

“I Hunt Killers,” Byga

“I Pledge Allegiance,” Lynch

“I’d Tell You I Love You…,” Carter

“Insurgent,” Roth

“Into No Man’s Land,” White

“Johnny Tremain,” Forbes

“The Kite Runner,” Hosseini

“Legend,” Lu

“Liar & Spy,” Stead

“Lockdown: Escape from Furnace,” Smith

“The Maze Runner,” Dashner

“The Mighty Miss Malone,” Curtis

“Mockingjay,” Collins

“A Monster Calls,” Ness

“Moon over Manifest,” Vanderpool

“A Mutiny in Time,” Dashner

“My Brother Sam is Dead,” Collier

“Navigating Early,” Vanderpool

“Never Fall Down,” McCormick

“Night,” Wiesel

“Nim’s Island,” Orr

“Okay for Now,” Schmidt

“One Came Home,” Timberlake

“Out of My Mind,” Draper

“Perfect,” Shepard

“Pretty Little Liars,” Shepard

“Prodigy,” Lu

“Purr Island,” Dorsey

“Rachel’s Years,” Nimmo

“The River,” Paulsen

“The Running Dream,” Van Draanen

“Scarlet,” Meyer

“Schindler’s List,” Keneally

“Seconds Away,” Coben

“The Secret Garden,” Burnett

“Secrets of My Hollywood life,” Calonita

“Shelter,” Coben

“Shine,” Myracle

“Small as an Elephant,” Jacobson

“Splintered,” Howard

“Stay,” Caletti

“The Summer I Turned Pretty,” Han

“Sunrise over Fallujah,” Myers

“A Tangle of Knots,” Graff

“That Summer,” Dessen

“A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Hosseini

“Three Times Lucky,” Turnage

“Tomorrow, When the War Began,” Marsden

“Touching Spirit Bear,” Mikaelsen

“A True Patriot,” Denenberg

“The Unsacred Gift,” Dorsey

“Unbelievable,” Shepard

“Waiting to Forget,” Welch

“The Water Castle,” Blakemore

“White Fang,” London

“Wild Life,” DeFelice

“Wonder,” Palacio

“Woods Runner,” Paulsen

* The 123 titles include some young adult and adult titles.

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